‘The Hunger Games’, directed by Gary Ross, was released today in the United States. It was distributed by Lionsgate and it is based off of the book by Suzanne Collins.
In the movie, the world is very different than the one that we know today. It is set up into twelve districts with one capital. Every year there is the annual Hunger Games which is a fight to the death with a boy and girl from each district. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), our protagonist, unfortunately ends up in these games and must now learn to survive if she wants to come back home.
The movie is very fast paced and action packed to say the least. In this unique messed up world the twenty-four tributes are literally trying to kill each other and become savages in the process. It does get very gruesome, very fast. Sometimes throughout the movie, I was shocked that this would be entertainment for any world. Twenty-three die and only one remains. What’s the point?
The movie has an all star cast involved with it including, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland. It’s great to see some very talented actors get involved in a movie such as this. With other teenage book adaptations, we don’t usually see a very strong cast and that affects the audiences view on it.
I personally felt that all though this was a fun movie and it had a lot of great emotion and plenty of action, it didn’t really have a meaning. I won’t spoil anything for you but the ending left me wanting more. I wasn’t satisfied. This is a trilogy though so hopefully the second movie will shed some light on unanswered questions.
Regarding how well the movie stays to the book, I cannot say since I am still reading the first one. I am basing this review solely on the cinematic aspect and pretending that there was never any books to begin with.
The ‘Hunger Games’ is out now in theaters.